Homeless charity in Grimsby marks 100-night milestone on the coldest of the year
With temperatures set to plummet well below freezing tonight, staff and volunteers at Grimsby’s Harbour Place have the warm glow of marking 100 nights of their shelter.
The night shelter for the homeless at Harbour Street West began in July last year.
Since then there have been 463 beds taken up, helping 88 different individuals.
Charity chiefs are delighted that 56 people they have helped have since moved into accommodation.
Project director for Harbour Place, Robin Barr said it was coincidence that the charity was celebrating the milestone on the coldest night of the year.
He urged people to continue to support Harbour Place.
He said: “We are always pleasantly surprised by the generosity of people, giving clothing and food and cash donations.
“We always need that support. We are a local charity supporting people locally.”
He said charity directors are continuing in their search for a permanent night shelter.
Currently the venue in Albert Street West has night time accommodation for six people. But in the extreme cold temperatures a further three places have been found to ensure no one has to sleep rough in North East Lincolnshire.
Robin said: “We hope people will continue to let us know if they see people sleeping rough, particularly in this cold snap and especially if they are seen in derelict buildings.
“We can see people if they are in the streets and we can visit them. But if they are in derelict buildings there is a risk.”
Project manager, Dave Carlile said he toured Grimsby town centre from around 9.30pm last night when temperatures dipped below -4C.
Dave said his charity is working closely with partners, YMCA and North East Lincolnshire Council to ensure there are no deaths due to hypothermia among genuinely homeless rough sleepers.
The 100 mark compares to 39 nights the Harbour Place shelter opened during last winter.
The Harbour Place shelter has been open under the cold-weather provisions since January 26, providing shelter to 36 different people and a total bed occupancy of 232.
Dave said: “This is the coldest stretch we have ever had. The risk to people sleeping rough is that their body temperature drops and there is the extreme danger of them dying.”
He said some homeless people had been provided with accommodation in Immingham.
Many go to the YMCA, or Salvation Army or are provided with beds at bed and breakfast accommodation in the area.
He said there will be nine beds available tonight at Harbour Place.
“Compared to other local authority areas, we do a pretty good job working alongside YMCA and the council’s home options team,” said Dave.
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